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School’s ongoing commitment to Uttarakhand – post 2013 disaster

Takshila Public School, Rudraprayag, was washed away during the Uttarakhand disaster in June 2013.

The school had nine rooms and a play ground and washroom facilities for one hundred and seventy pupils. It is currently being run from tents. The Doon School, as part of its social service curriculum and as part of its contribution to the people of hills hit by the calamity, has begun to rebuild the school. The land has been acquired and the site clearance has been carried out by the boys. During three mid terms, boys have gone and worked at the village. This work has included carrying material to the site (as it is not accessible by vehicles), building hollow bricks, clearing the site and making the retaining wall. The boys have also and will also continue to spend time with the school children to give them moral support and show solidarity as many are from homes which have been washed away during the disaster. In order to help fund the project, and with the support of the entire school community, we once again cancelled the annual Founders’ dinner and contributed the cost of the dinner towards this cause.

During December 2014, a number of the schools in Round Square have come forward to help in the project and thirty pupils from all over the country went to Rudraprayag to help in the construction work.